Monthly Archives: January 2021

Dragon Update Feb 1-5

Parent Workshop – Building Strong & Resilient Children clickable Zoom link on Feb 23 @ 7pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81011834046 

 

Winter Walk to School Day:

February 10th is Winter Walk Day and is a great opportunity to get out as a family and get some fresh air. If that isn’t enough motivation, students can also win a $20 indigo gift card by registering Here and committing to walk at least one block. Get out and have fun! 

 

Virtual learning extended:

With the Minister’s announcement on January 20th, face-to-face learning will not be resuming at this point until February 11th. With that being said, we’ve had 3 weeks of Virtual Learning and we’ve witnessed some great learning over that time. We know that a lot of this learning is supported by parents. Thank you for being there and making the best of this during this unprecedented time. 

 

Umbrella Project:

This month at The Umbrella Project is all about Mindfulness, the skill that helps us to stay present in our experience instead of spending most of our time thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

What will mindfulness do for my child?

Mindfulness has been shown to have many benefits. Paying attention to the present moment can boost our mood, improve our self-confidence and help us think more clearly. It can also improve our immune system’s ability to fight disease. Mindfulness can increase brain size, specifically the parts responsible for learning, memory and empathy. It is an important skill in our umbrella and supports development of the other skills in our umbrella. 

It helps us pay attention to our feelings, thoughts, bodily sensations and our environment, in the moment, without labeling them as good or bad (non-judgement). This means we aren’t feeling bad or trying to change our feelings. Instead, we are just noticing them and becoming more aware of them and the world around us. This may seem simple, but mindfulness takes practice. On average, we spend half our time thinking about something other than what we are doing in the present. This distracted mind has a big impact on our happiness and well-being!

Start with intention and your ‘Why’ to shift from ‘doing’ to ‘being’.

For many of us, life has become an endless to-do list we are constantly in the process of trying to complete.  Doing has taken over most aspects of our lives and it dominates the way we parent.  In most cases, we have drifted so far into the doing side of life that we have forgotten why we are “doing” in the first place.  To reconnect to our wellbeing, we need to shift our focus to another state and that is ‘being’. Being present, being with the people we love, being in our experience. Mindfulness is the practice of being, of connecting to and staying present with our moment to moment experience.

To begin the journey of shifting away from the constant parenting cycle of doing, start with why. Why are you making dinner or helping with homework? What is the point of getting in a cold car at 6 pm to take your child to soccer lessons, ballet or swimming?  Is it for joy, a connection to your child, exercise, growth and challenge? Or is it a task on your to-do list to check off, an arbitrary achievement without purpose? It’s easy to become a task master, drilling our children to higher levels of achievement just for the sake of achievement. In the process, we can undermine their well-being and our own.

Asking ‘Why?’ will help you connect to the experience of the task instead of feeling like it is another chore to be done. When you identify an item without an underlying ‘Why’, spend some time thinking about whether that should really be taking up precious moments of your life.

Listen as Dr. Jen introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Mindfulness 

Chat soon, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Reminders:

  • February 1 – 5 #WCDSBPetWeek  
  • February 10th – Winter Walk Day
  • February 23rd @ 7pm – Dr. Jen Virtual Parent Presentation: Building Resilient Children – more information coming soon.

 

Grade 3-4 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. 

Check out Natasha’s solution to last week’s problem. Well done Natatsha! We will have your gift card here for you when you return.

Mabel’s Labels Custom Clothing Stamps

Mabel’s Labels is clearing out our super-popular Custom Clothing Stamps with a big 20% OFF sale!

These stamps rarely go on sale, so this is a great time for anyone in your organization to get theirs for less. Parents love the clothing stamp because it’s such a quick and easy way to label tagless clothing and accessories like hats, mitts, socks and more.

Want to give families some reasons why they should invest in our personalized stamp for labeling fabrics? We’ve rounded them up here for you:

It’s laundry safe
Each imprint will last for approx. 40 washes.

It’s self-inking
No mess, no loading it with ink – just one press and you’re done!

Use it again and again
The Clothing Stamp is good for 1,000 applications

The Custom Clothing Stamp will be 20% OFF from January 18th to the 25th.

St. Dominic Savio CES  receives commissions off of all products purchased!  Share with your friends and family!

Grade 8 Information

Dear Grade 8 Families,

On behalf of Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, in the absence of a Grade 8 Night, we’d like to share information about the high school that includes a video overview as well as 14 additional recorded videos which provide information about each of the school’s departments.  The webpage also includes a note from our school chaplain, librarian and school administrators.

Please take the time to explore the school and don’t hesitate to contact anyone of us at the school at 519 741-1990 or the Resurrection website, click on ‘about us’, then ‘staff lists’ for specific emails.

We look forward to having you join our Phoenix community.

Leisha Craftchick, Patrick Eby, Mark Modolo and Marisa Munroe

The following “Explore Our School” feature link is now located on our official Resurrection website:

Dragon Update Jan 25-29

Kindergarten Registration- No Experience Needed

Calling all Baby Dragons:

Virtual learning extended:

With the Minister’s announcement on January 20th, face-to-face learning will not be resuming at this point until February 11th. With that being said, we’ve had 3 weeks of Virtual Learning and we’ve witnessed some great learning over that time. We know that a lot of this learning is supported by parents. Thank you for being there and making the best of this during this unprecedented time. 

Want to switch mode of learning?

The survey to transition from face-to-face learning to virtual or from virtual to face-to-face on January 27th has been delayed. The survey is going to open and be updated when face to face learning resumes. Please check this link for updates: Switch modes of learning

 

Contact Information:

The office is ensuring all contact information is updated at this time. If you have a change in address, phone, or email please email erika.hayes@wcdsb.ca. Thank you.

 

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend remote learning regularly and be punctual.  Parents are required to phone the school, 519-576-5503 ext. 1, if a student will be absent or late. Messages may be left on the attendance line at any time.

If a child has not arrived at their virtual classroom and a phone call or note has not been received, the administrative assistant will attempt to alert parents by telephone at home or at your place of employment if necessary. If parents cannot be contacted, we will contact the emergency number provided by the parents. Failing to reach parents or emergency contacts, the police will be notified and sent to the home.

If your child is going to be absent, please:

  • Send an email your child’s teacher in advance when possible (St. Dominic Savio Staff Listing:  Staff Listing)
  • Phone the school and leave a message on the attendance line which operates at any time during the day or night (519-576-5503 ext. 1)
  • State the date of the absence, your child’s name, spell your child’s last name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. Unless you notify us otherwise, we will assume your child will be back the following day. At no time is the student to report themselves absent for the school day or is the student to have someone less than 18 years of age report them absent

 

Virtual Code of Conduct for Parents and Students – Click here to view.

 

Umbrella Project:

Get your kids moving outside

Nature has some amazing benefits for our health! 

Nature provides two major benefits to us – firstly, it is very calming to our nervous system. The second benefit is that it stimulates our curiosity and our natural tendency to explore the world and tap into our imagination. 

This combination is an amazing resilience builder.

I explain the importance of play time outdoors. 

Until next time, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Reminders:

  • January 28th – Bell Let’s Talk Day – wear blue day
  • February 23rd – Dr. Jen Virtual Parent Presentation: Building Resilient Children – more information coming soon.

Grade 7-8 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. 

 

 

 

PD Day – Friday, January 22nd

 

Just a friendly reminder that we have a PA Day on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Teachers will be engaged in assessments and students will not be asked to log on this day as there is no school/remote learning for students.

Mabel’s Labels – Household Labels 20% off

So many families are going to be setting New Year’s resolutions around getting organized and Mabel’s Labels has just launched the perfect product to help with that.

For years, people have asked Mabel’s Labels to make Household Labels that they can customize themselves. Well, they finally did it!

Click here to check them out and play with the gorgeous customization options.

They are launching them at 20% OFF.

Here are some great suggestions for places families can use their Household Labels to get organized:

  • Pantry
  • Bathroom
  • Basement storage
  • Fridge
  • Playroom/toys
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linen closets

St. Dominic Savio CES receives commissions off of all products purchased!  Happy organizing!

Dragon Update Jan 18-22

Dear Grade 8 Families,

On behalf of Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, in the absence of a Grade 8 Night, we’d like to share information about the high school that includes a video overview as well as 14 additional recorded videos which provide information about each of the school’s departments.  The webpage also includes a note from our school chaplain, librarian and school administrators.    

 Please take the time to explore the school and don’t hesitate to contact anyone of us at the school at 519 741-1990 or the Resurrection website, click on ‘about us’, then ‘staff lists’ for specific emails. 

 We look forward to having you join our Phoenix community,

Leisha Craftchick, Patrick Eby, Mark Modolo and Marisa Munroe

 The following “Explore Our School” feature link is now located on our official Resurrection website:

Kindergarten Registration- No Experience Needed

Calling all Baby Dragons:

Virtual learning extended to January 25th:

1st Week of Virtual Learning behind us and we want to thank our parents for being so supportive and encouraging. We know it is a lot to work to keep students engaged and we couldn’t do it without you. 

 

Want to switch mode of learning starting February 16th? (Rebroadcast)

Complete the survey to transition from face-to-face learning to virtual or from virtual to face-to-face on January 27th starting at 6am to the 29th at 6pm. Here’s the link: Switch modes of learning

 

Umbrella Project:

See the rain of life as important for your child

Imagine you are on stage about to perform for thousands of people.  You’re sitting at a beautiful piano but you have never played it before.  The crowd is expecting a brilliant performance and you are not prepared. How do you feel?  Fear? Panic?

This example beautifully parallels life. In order to be prepared for something we need to practice. To build resilience we need adversity.  Every time we successfully weather a challenge in life, we gain a little bit more confidence in our ability to do that and we become a bit more resilient.  Most parents dislike seeing their children upset and stressed, thinking that a bad thing has happened. Actually most of the small challenges in life are what prepare you for the bigger ones along the way.

Now imagine you are sitting at that piano in front of thousands of people. Leading up to this point you have taken many lessons. You’ve performed first at your school recitals and slowly with bigger and bigger audiences and bigger and bigger venues. You’ve played this specific piece so many times your body naturally plays the keys without really thinking about it. This is the biggest performance of your life so far but you are ready. Better, right?!  

Teach your kids to play at life. The good stuff, the tough stuff…don’t shelter them from all of life’s sprinkles. You can even try to feel a little bit of happiness, mixed in with the normal parent worry, every time they get to practice.  

Listen in as I describe this analogy in this video.

Health & Happiness, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Mabel’s Labels: Don’t lose items to the LOST AND FOUND! Check out Mabel’s Labels!  Campaigns.mabelslabels.com Select ST DOMINIC SAVIO FUNDRAISER (KITCHENER) from the list.

Is your New Years resolution to get organized? Mabel’s Labels have just added customization options and are launching them at 20% off. Here are some great suggestions for places you can use your Household Labels to get organized:

  • Pantry
  • Bathroom
  • Basement storage
  • Fridge
  • Playroom/toys
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linen closets

Go here to check them out and play with the gorgeous customization options.

 

COBS Bread Bakery will donate 10% of a sale to St. Dominic’s if the buyer (St. Dom’s family members) states that they are supporting St. Dominic Savio school. 

 

Reminders:

  • January 22nd – PD day
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day – wear blue day
  • January 27th – 29th – ability to switch mode of learning:
  • February 16th – Date the Change of Class Would Take Effect

 

Grade 5-6 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. 

Unfortunately we didn’t get a perfect solution to last week’s problem. Check your answers with the solution below. Better luck next week!

 

 

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